Blue Marble: with Topography - Seasonal

Blue Marble: with Topography - Seasonal thumbnail


The Blue Marble is an incredibly detailed, true-color depiction of the Earth. The Blue Marble Next Generation is an update on the original that has greater detail. "The original Blue Marble was a composite of four months of MODIS observations with a spatial resolution (level of detail) of 1 square kilometer per pixel. Blue Marble: Next Generation offers a years worth of monthly composites at a spatial resolution of 500 meters." - From the NASA website

Monthly images from 2004 are available for SOS to show the seasonal changes on the Earth's surface. Two different versions are available. Both feature topography on land, though one features the bathymetry of the sea floor while the other simply has the oceans shaded blue.

Notable Features

  • There is one image for each month of 2004
  • The seasonal changes in the snow cover are visible
  • Shading done in true color: gives Earth's appearance from space

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